I’ve spent about a month sharing my series with you. Now I’m going to ask you to share yours.
So, what’s stopping you? Whatever media you work in, be it doodling on envelop backs or marble carving, you can stretch into a series, just like stretching into new jamies. It’s not hard.
If you’re waiting for the golden day when you paint your masterpiece, you’ll wait forever. Here is here and now is now. So take an idea, run with it, do it again and again, not in search of perfection but in search of new pathways, ideas and passions.
Here’s some ways to start working in a series
- Take an image or an idea you’re passionate about.
- Do it over and over again.
- Change the angle.
- Change the size.
- Do it in primary colors.
- Do it in black and white.
- Do it in every color in the rainbow.
- Do it in a color you really hate.
- Do it upside down.
- Get really close to your image.
- Make your image really far away.
- Do three of them in your piece.
- Do five.
- Make just pieces of your image.
- Create your image. Cut it up and put it back together.
- Do it in colors you don’t think go together. Make them go together.
- Pick a complementary pair of colors on the color wheel that you love. Move it over two spots. Use those colors.
- Draw it with really thick lines and no detail.
- Draw it with tiny lines and immense detail.
- Segment the image parts and color them differently.
- Segment the image parts and color them so they shade progressively.
- Put sheer layers over your image to put it in sunlight, water, or mist.
- Try it in a brand new media
- Try it in a media you tried before but didn’t work then.
- Cut it instead of draw it
- Draw it instead of cut it
I hope you’re getting the punchline. Draw, put, try, create, take, do, change: these are all action words. Do something to it. Do something different to it. The world is wide.
You all gave me the best ideas for a pattern book. It went places I hadn’t thought of and I am very grateful. This is not the pattern book I want to do that includes color clues and stitching advice. It is just an assist, to act as a springboard, if you wish. If you’d like a free copy, you can get your copy of Patterns for Embroidery, at scribd.com.
I’d also like to show you off. Would you like me to post your work on the Lunatic Fringe thread? Send me a series of 4 pieces of your work (any media) and a picture of yourself with a paragraph long art statement. Tell me how you’ve explored your series. I’ll post the ones I find most exciting on my site and link them to your web presence. If you gave me book advice please go to scribd for your free ebook. And thank you!
Send your images and statement to
I can’t wait to see what you’ve done and what you’ll do!